27 April 2013

Blogger Spotlight #4: Faye @ The Social Potato Reviews


Name: Faye M.
Blog Name: The Social Potato Reviews
Blogoversary: November 19, 2011
Preferred Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic
Short bio: I'm a 20 year old Filipina in love with YA and with French culture. I only started reading seriously last year, thanks to a Malaysian friend of mine who introduced me to The Hunger Games. Before that, I would read like 1-2 titles a year (not including readings for uni), sometimes none at all. When I review, I get really analytical, and would sometimes scrutinize even the tiniest of details, but I hold myself back because who'd like to read overly serious reviews, right? I love reading about zombies, end of the world stories, conspiracies, and the like - anything that could thrill this heart of mine! I may be hard on some 1 or 2 star reviews, but I'm actually a softie. I cryreally easily.

What’s the story behind your blog name?
I have this friend in uni who's really quirky and has a tendency to change movie names into potatoes. Like Harry Potatoes and the Deathly Carrots, 50 First Potatoes, The Potato Wears Prada, I Know What Potato Did Last Summer, Potato at Tiffany's, and many more. I found all of the names really funny, so I tried to pick one of them for a book blog name, and decided on The Social Potato, based on The Social Network, a movie about the beginnings of Facebook and the struggles of its creator. Why this? I don't know why, either, but I don't regret it. 

What got you into book blogging?
It's really shallow, but at first it was to get ARCs. I read and follow some blogs, and I wanted to join some of the discussions, but I felt that the only way to even be able to catch up was to read what they were reading. I wanted to be a part of this beautiful and wonderful community, but I thought it wouldn't happen if I only read books they already read so long ago. Now I have one, and I've realized that I don't need to have ARCs to be in this sphere - just your love for books is enough. I have this wonderful community to thank for that.

Let’s talk about you and your co-bloggers: how many do you have? And how do you guys manage
the blog? Did you come up with a system?
I have 2 co-bloggers - Cath and Melissa. They're my buddies from school and we studied the same course. But right now they're not as active as me. I still manage the blog by myself. I host the giveaways, interview the authors, participate in blog tours, etc. etc. and these two contribute a review every once in a while. I'm still thankful though, because it's nice to have a little more variety.

What’s your favorite book series so far and why?
I have a lot, but right now it's definitely the Lunar Chronicles. Marissa Meyer is just an astounding storyteller and a spectacular writer. She has this knack of adapting the fairy tales while adding an awesome twist here and there, resulting to a kickass formula that would blow your minds away. I love how it's able to combine two different elements together and make them work. I love the internal narration, the musical prose, and the amazing dialogue among the characters. The author is definitely one of my favorites thanks to her good work here.

What else do you enjoy doing aside from reading and blogging?
I play online and video games. I've been playing them since I was a kid (although that's mainly thanks to the fact I have two older brothers). I have a PS1, a PS2, a PS3, a Wii, an xBox360, a PSP - you name it. If it's there, I gotta have it. I have this tendency to think that I cannot miss any games. It's a habit I wanna break (someday). I also enjoy playing the piano.

Last question: If you would be given the chance to meet and have coffee with an author, who
would it be and why?
Charlie Higson. I wanna know what happens next to The Enemy series, damnit! *cries*


How do you like your potatoes: fried or mashed? Mashed.
Name a book you’d want to reread: Written in Red by Anne Bishop. I'd read it ten times over if I could. But there are other priorities, haha.
Favorite movie adaptation: American Psycho. Fucking brilliant.
Celebrity you’d want to be for a day: Jean Dujardin. What a swoon-worthy French man. I'd love to have his accent for a day.
The one thing that can instantly ruin a book: All telling, no showing style. It really gives me a headache.


  1. Thanks for having me, Sab! :D

  2. Video games?! Awesome! What's your favourite, Faye? :D

    1. Oh, I have a lot! Final Fantasy, Suikoden and the Tales of series for the PlayStation are some, and Everquest2 as well as Diablo for the PC. Right now I'm into the band thing on the wii, with the drums and guitar. Haha.

  3. OMG Faye! I'm like you! Ever since I was a kid I was into playing video games! And I'm still am today. Do you watch anime or read manga? :D

    1. Oh, yeah! Right now I'm obsessed in this manga/anime called Shingeki no Kyojin. It's a seinen manga. And also one piece. In my spare time, I scanlate Josei manga. Here's my website: Iskultrip Scans